I don't often seen sunrises. I enjoy sunsets. Alaskan sunsets over the mountains fill my soul with amazement, peace, and awe. What a world we live in!
Am pretty darn sure Michelle took this photo and tweaked it. I usually don't take her stuff unless it has a name on it, but I fell in love with this and she has yet to 'mark' it.
It is a photo which shouts joy to me. Wishes of a royal kind waiting to be scattered to the ends of the earth. Just believe, blow, and be full of joy.
"From there to here, and here to there, funny things are everywhere." Dr. Suess.
This truism from the Dr. is obvious in nature. God (and yes, I do believe in the God of Creation) has made so many amazing things for us to enjoy. I found the sunflower in the locust tree only recently and realised how many more crazy odd funny things there are around here. The last photo is of a rubber boa. They are as native as the Bleeding Heart flowers, but are VERY reclusive. The Craftsman grew up here and had never seen one, his dad who was raised where the snake was found had never seen one, and we've never found one again. Truly a funny thing!
I'm glad I live in such a crazy bizarre world!
February has been an amazing incredible awesome month. There are even a few days left! Granted, there were nasty bits. Every sunset makes brighter colors with debris in the atmosphere. The bright parts, however, were stellar!
I am so thankful for the people and experiences who filled my February. I don't know what will happen in the next months, it doesn't matter. The joy I gained from these days of sunshine and sparkle will always remain.
I'm a fortunate woman and I will never forget the nectar I've found in each adventure I've had this month.
Celia is one of my favorite photographers. She is wise and does some amazing work with her pictures. I hope you look at her blog on wordpress! She has read some of my scrawls and has given me great pointers. She is a good friend and a splendid writer.
There are many people who encourage and uplift me on my way to where I want to go. Even if I haven't a clue as to where it is I am going, I still am encouraged! I don't have goals, not really. I don't have a lot of dreams for my future--day dreams and sometimes night ones I have in abundance. I don't mind not having them, I like to look at where others are going. I know the things I do will eventually reach a conclusion. An ending that looks back on a journey to a dream.
It may sound desolate, but I see it in a different light. I see the future as something that will happen no matter what. The things I plan might or might not happen, it doesn't matter. I'm not focusing on the final product, I'm here to enjoy the beauty of the meandering trails and closed paths. The sprinkling of fairy dust, the sparkles in the water under the bridge, and the scent of tomorrow on the wind. The hugs from loving arms, kisses that light up the soul, and gentle touches of care. It really is beautiful out there!
Do you remember the TV show, "Blue's Clues?" I loved how silly this show was and the chair was always a place where things happened. Steve would sit in the big blue chair and the mail would arrive or Blue would need help with something. It was a comforting spot in this make believe world.
Everyone needs a great piece of furniture like this in the house. It could be adapted a bit, too. Imagine a chair with sturdy arms to hold you close, a fluffy blanket or back to lay your head on, and a nice shape to keep you secure while you rest. I am pretty sure if I patented a chair with these qualities, it would make a million dollars overnight. It would need to be warm and have a heartbeat. (although, eons ago I think they sold teddy bears that had heartbeats. they were for babies. I always wondered what kind of trauma those babies went thru if the batteries died. Maybe I'll put in something that plays music!) It would need to be large enough to cuddle up in. And it would need to have a plush covering over the soft cushions. Ones with reclining capabilities would be an added bonus. I know I'd buy one!
People who are like this chair are even nicer. Yet, those are almost as hard to find. When you do discover one, they are beyond wonderful! I am fortunate to know some. Happy Sigh!
Odd, I can't shrink this photo-no matter. This is a 2014 Santa photo. We don't have the new ones yet. I absolutely LOVE love LoVe the day the Weston-McEwen Lions Club brings Santa to the library. For two hours we cajole, laugh with, and love on kids of all kinds.
Tonight followed in those magical footsteps. We had one young man ask for 20 million dollars. We had another ask for 'Chilly Beans' (I got to read the letter, he spelled it exactly like this!) and I imagined a huddling group of green veggies in hats and scarves under the tree. A young lady asked for sulphuric acid-she wants to be a scientist. There were the usual requests for ponies, gaming devices, roller skates, assorted guns (obviously, these kids need to see that absolutely awful Christmas movie), and Barbies.
After the kids talk to Santa, the Lions club has an area set up where the kids get to choose a book. One young man was thrilled to get a new book! He almost leaped off Santa's red lap to get to them. Some of the kids probably didn't get new books very often. I was so pleased the outreach extended to them.
Next week the pictures will be ready. Free of charge. Santa, candy canes, books, and photos to hold make for a bright Christmas memory. I love our library.
I think I have blogged about this, shared this, and posted this almost everywhere. I must admit, I am really impressed with how this turned out. The White House has some of these, too. Those are done by professionals. I like mine! We have already decided on next year's festive garb. It will be Western. I'm going to need more boughs as the skirts from the old West were longer than midi's. (here is where you can read more about this project!)
There are so many beautiful thoughts about flowers. There is one attributed to the Koran that says something like 'bread fills the body, but flowers fill the soul.' Another from Japan (I think) suggests if you have two pennies left, use one to buy bread and the other to purchase a lily. I completely agree!
I love flowers. I love to have them in my kitchen window where the sunshine hits them almost any season. They light up the rooms where they share their scent and bloom. Flowers with scent intoxicate me! They have color, shape, and delicious smells. (OK, there are some that are nasty, but not the ones I grow and pick!) Some are even delicious when you nibble them.
I adore carnations the best of all cut flowers. They seem to last forever in a vase and for the penny pincher who resides in me, I rather like this! I love how many colors they come in and they are great fun to play with. You can spray them with glitter spray, put their stems in food coloring and watch the flowers change hues, and you can thread them on strings of dental floss to make necklaces.
For growing, I adore perennials. Bulbs I can stick in the ground and let them be, plants that come back year after year. Picky bulbs irritate me, but I will plant some for fun. I like certain annuals. I can never get petunias to grow very well and someday I'm going to get cosmos on stems larger than the ones pictured here! I like lilacs and bushes that grow flowers. Oddly, I do NOT like roses. Cultivated roses are a waste of time, the ones I have in my yard are old fashioned ones that tend to grow wild.
I have herbs and bulbs in my yard from other people, I keep flowers that remind me of friends, and I have memories growing in my garden beds. To find your way into my heart, share with me some flowers.
I could prattle on for ages about these beautiful creations. I've always been a fan of Cicely Mary Barker, Thumbelina, and dandelions. So, tell me your favorite flower or pass me some starts and I'll cultivate you with soil, sun, and smiles.
When I was in HS my dad had this up and coming new a/v toy called a laser disc machine. Or at least, we called it that. He had many movies and concerts on disc. One of them happened to be ‘Barbarella’. I wasn’t allowed to watch it, but I tried anyway. I didn’t get very far in the plot (did it even HAVE a plot????) before I had to ‘hide’ my rebellious activities, but I knew I wanted to finish it someday!
Fast forward from the 80’s to today. (Actually, Doc and Marty did this in one of the ‘Back to the Future’ films to this exact day, but I digress!) The local Casino/Cinema shows classic movies every Wednesday for $5 and ‘Barbarella’ was today’s feature. I tried to find someone to attend it with me, but finally opted to go alone. I’ve never been to a movie by myself, so I accomplished two things in one afternoon (I also lost $40, but managed to find it in my pocket later).
Every bit of this movie was absolute fun. It was full of sex, drugs and rock and roll, a perfect slice of the late 60’s early 70’s period in America. The lovely booted footprint it made on the silver screen resembled what I was taught about those years. It also made me laugh a great deal. I was one of the few in the small audience who was vocally amused and, I must admit, I giggled more often than not. I enjoyed the kids who captured and tied our human heroine upright before creepy killer chomping dolls, the bird death chamber filled with parakeets, and the orgasmic organ which was to kill Barbarella with pleasure (she broke it). The hookah where the ladies were smoking ‘essence of man’, the lightly lesbian actions of the evil villain, and the blind angel who learned to fly again (our earthling hid a weapon in his loincloth of feathers) were also delightful.
I hope to get this sound track someday. The music paired perfectly with the psychedelic images of traveling through space, time, and dreams as well as the activities of the characters. It was bouncy and I was often surprised the beautiful bodies shown didn’t dance off the set. I highly recommend this movie as an iconic snapshot of ages past and as a great way to spend 98 minutes.
I grew up in Alaska, went to college in Portland, OR and ended up on the coast for 17 years before moving East. Am interested in many different things and am looking forward to sharing them with you!